BP SPECIES NEWSLETTER Aug 2001
Photos in this issue: Bulbophyllum
Roxburghii (above), Phalaenopsis tetraspis alba, Paph
malipoense, Waterfalls North Queensland ( & Pat Walters),
Anoectochilus yateseae, Hetaeria
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A. What's New in flask.
Phalaenopsis tetraspis alba x alba. Elegant waxy white
flowers on a small growing plant. A small basket or even treefern slab
with extra water would be ideal for this species. A warm grower.
Rhyncostylis illustre. This is the tetraploid form of
R. gigantea, short very thick leaves with a dense spike of white
flowers brightly marked amethyst purple, fragrant. Best grown in a small
basket, protect from excess rainwater, and ensure good ventilation.
Aerides krabiense. An almost minature grower, with long
arching spikes of crystalline pink flowers spotted with darker amethyst
purple, the lip usually darker. Flowers are fragrant and the plant does well
in a small pot or basket. Media for all these should be open, well drained and
should be kept just damp and not wet.
B. What's ready to replate NOW.
a very showy species from
China. Beautifully mottled green and purple foliage indicates a shade grower,
and the plant requires a small pot and rich media that will stay damp but not
wet. An intermediate to cool grower, some growers put a lump of limestone in
the bottom of the pot, its native habitat being limestone ridges.
Spathoglottis species Sulawaysi. A very showy large
white flowered species, the lobes of the labellum red. Possibly a superior
form of S. plicata, with a spike to a metre or more tall, with a head
of large white, red centered flowers.
A terrestrial species, requiring a large pot and humus rich
sandy soil with good drainage. In the cooler months, the plant rests. When in
active growth, lots of water and fertiliser can be used, with a liberal dose
of old animal manure, and plenty of sunlight. In warmer climes, it will grow
in the garden with some protection from things that chew.
Bulbophyllum digolense var trinasutum. A New Guinea
species that tends to creep, so a shallow tray with a media that will stay
damp but not wet is required.A warm growing species, this is one of the few
Bulbos that grows robustly in flask. Tall spike, progressive flowering,
yellow with redbrown marked labellum, the flowers are quite showy and somewhat
triangular in shape.
C. What's new in Plants.
Bulbophyllum Roxburghii, pictured above, is a
small growing, almost minature species that will form dense clumps on a slab
of treefern or in a shallow tray or basket. An intermediate to warm grower
from India, the flowers are produced enmasse. Like most Bulbos, a media
that will stay damp but not wet is best, as they like to be damp especially
when new growth is in progress.At that time, liberal water and fertiliser will
quickly produce a specimen. Currently grown in a mix of shredded spaghnam and
isolite, well crocked.
Epidendrum stamfordianum. A showy pseudobulbous
species from central America. Best grown as a Cattleya, must have
excellent drainage. The flower spikes are produced from the base of the
pseudobulbs, and are best left uncut until the new growths are up. A robust
species, a shallow tray or basket is ideal, and when the new growths appear,
lots of water and fertiliser.
The spikes are branched, with many yellow flowers spotted redbrown,
the lip white, yellow and also marked redbrown.
D. Jewel orchids in the Wild.
JEWEL ORCHIDS IN THE WILD, NORTH QUEENSLAND.
If you imagined that the delicate jewel
orchids grew, hidden away, in the moss and leaf litter of the tropical rain
forest, then you would have been as eager as we were to explore this creek.
On the edges and sometimes on the large island rocks of
this gurgling, rainforest creek, we found these little gems.
Hidden away in the very shady spots, the plants of
Anoectochilus yateseae were anchored precariously to the moss and leaf
mould covered rocks and crevices, almost covered by the fallen leaves from the
dense canopy overhead. Here and there, a plant had elongated its rhizome, to
climb above the leaf litter.
Glossy, dark green almost
heart shaped leaves, to about 3 cm long, boldly veined with silver, borne at
the end of a creeping rhizome. An erect inflorescence of white and green
flowers held its head high to attract pollinators.
Growing almost along side the Anoectochilus, were plants of a most
unusual Liparis. The pseudobulbs were tall and cylindrical, topped with
2 or 3 glossy, almost emerald green leaves. The flowers, on tall erect spikes,
are richly coloured, the lip deep reddish purple, the column green. We found
new seed pods, the flowers having appeared during March to April, some month
or more before we visited their habitat.
unlike other Australian Liparis, this species grew in the shade, in
leaf litter and in some places, in the rich soil on the creek banks, shunning
the bright, exposed rocks and tree trunks that were host to a typical
Australian Liparis, Liparis cuneilabris. The flowers of this species,
green and green yellow, displayed in the patches of sunlight streaming
through the canopy. A few plants of Dendrobium ruppianum and
tetragonum shared the tree trunks.
the deep shade, on a couple of wet, seeping rock faces, we found the green
leafed, clambering rhizomes of Goodyera viridiflora, with its pale
green flowers. The flowers were quite attractive, but its foliage was no match
to the Anoectochilus and the other jewel orchid we sought.
On large rocks, and on the creek banks, in the
rich leafmould, we found the other sought after jewel orchid, Hetaeria
polygonoides. This was a prominent inhabitant, with plants to 15 cm high,
the velvety leaves lance like, dark green flushed redbrown, with a white
stripe down the centre of the leaf.
flowers on an erect spike, the erect rhizome standing up above the leaf
litter, to attract whatever it is that pollinates this species deep in the
Yet this was all in a small area in one creek. The next creek over the ridge
was bare. In this small area there lives a small colony of jewel orchids, they
are few and far between. We took photographs and memories and left the jewel
orchids there undisturbed, in the green peace and quiet of the rainforest with
the music of the waterfalls and tumbling water.
Photographs; Anoectochilus yateseae, in situ, atop a large rock.
Hetaeria polygonoides, in situ also atop a large rock.A small
waterfall, about 5 metres high, tree trunk across creek. Top; a larger water
fall and Patricia Walters. For more photos go to our photos pages
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A father was reading Bible stories to his young son.
He read, "The man
named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city, but his wife
looked back and was turned to salt."
His son asked, "What happened to the
A little boy was attending his first wedding. After the service, his cousin
asked him, "How many women can a man marry?"
"Sixteen," the boy responded.
His cousin was amazed that he knew the answer so quickly. "How do you know
"Easy," the little boy said. "All you have to do is add it up, like
the Priest said: 4 better, 4 worse, 4 richer, 4 poorer."